30 foot waves north of Bermuda
yup that happens often.
If you google
"Pt Pleasant Freefall " you will read an article about the skipper
on that boat dying and the men
having to jump oberboard in huge seas. The coast guard reported 50 foot seas. You can see a video of the recsue and a helicopter almost running into a wave at the end. I believe that was 2008.
We were further offshore
at the same time and Herb told us to prepare for survival conditions. We faced hurricane
force winds and even bigger seas for 36 hours.
2 years before I sailed from St Martin
to Long Island
Solo nonstop for 12 days. I was in 40-50 knots for 3 days and ran into a wave that I rode
up the side of and there was more wave ahead. My boat is 53 feet. you do the math.
I am not surprised in the least that they ran into a 30 foot wave this fall.
I had spoken to them on the VHF
a few days before and they seemed to be in stress as they had ther Main Jammed and could not use it.
We had to sail to 60 degrees east to get around the worst part of Sean before heading south.
we saw steady 35-gusting to 45 and the waves were frequently 15-20 feet possibly bigger. We were in St Martin
at least 5 days ahead of the NARC rally thanks to Herb Hilgenbergs Expert weather